Following the success of the inaugural 2018 campaign, each Australian state will join together next month for the second GAP National Adoption Day.
The Greyhound Adoption Programs in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania as well as Greyhounds as Pets in Western Australia and New South Wales, will each host an adoption day on April 28 as part of a nation-wide push to boost awareness of greyhounds as pets.
In 2018, the campaign saw 212 greyhounds re-homed across the country.
Theatre star, radio host and TV personality Todd McKenney fronted the 2018 campaign and was so overwhelmed with the response that he has signed on for 2019.
McKenney, who has two pet greyhounds of his own, said he was happy to be part of the campaign this year and was blown away by the success and response from last year.
“I went to the Melbourne event last and it made me feel very warm to know that our message that greyhounds make great pets is getting out there,” McKenney said.
“There were so many people there and it was great to see these beautiful dogs starting their life as family pets. “They really are the best dogs. They are playful, cheeky and fiercely loyal but it is their loving nature that I love the most.
“I just want to spread the word, I want greyhounds in every household I know of.”
GAP NSW will hold it’s National Adoption Day at Wentworth Park on Sunday, April 28.
GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov said welfare was at the centre of what GRNSW and GAP NSW does and that National Adoption Day was a great platform to showcase this.
“GRNSW is proud to be part of this national initiative, uniting with the governing bodies of every Australian state, to showcase what will be another significant day for greyhound adoption in this country,” GRNSW Chief Executive Tony Mestrov said.
“Last year a total of 42 greyhounds found new homes as a result of our National Adoption Day at Wentworth Park, setting a new benchmark for the GAPNSW program, surpassing the 38 adopted in 2016, and contributing the national record which was set on the day, with 212 greyhounds adopted. We are very keen to improve on those numbers in 2019, both in NSW and nationally.
“Welfare is at the forefront of what we do at GRNSW, and while there has been some very good work done in the area of welfare and through the GAPNSW program, we are determined to do more.
“The welfare of dogs is an extremely high priority for GRNSW, and through initiatives like the National Adoption Day we are continuing to care and cater for greyhounds post their racing careers.”
For more information, go to http://nationalgreyhoundadoptionday.com.au/